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Flights to Tokyo: book cheap plane tickets

Japan is partially open to international tourism

Japan continues its slow reopening. Students, business travelers, and relatives of long-term residents are now allowed to enter the country. Independent travelers are permitted if they visit Japan on a package tour booked via a travel agency. Fully vaccinated travelers don’t need to present a PCR test result on arrival. In all cases, visitors must apply for visas in advance.

Transiting through Japanese airports to another country is allowed, and you are not required to submit any documents.

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Arriving in Tokyo

  • If you are flying to Tokyo from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportHaneda Airport (Haneda Kūkō, before: Tokyo International Airport) HND and Narita International Airport NRT.

    Haneda Airport is Japan's busiest airport and ranks among the world's five busiest airports. Compared to Narita Airport, it handles significantly more domestic flights, but fewer international flights. It is also located much closer to the Tokyo city center (20km vs 75km). Haneda has three terminal buildings with Terminals 1 and 2 reserved mostly for domestic flights. Terminal 1 is for passengers flying with Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines, and Star Flyer for the Kansai area. Terminal 2 is mostly for ANA, Solaseed Air, and Star Flyer passengers flying for North Kyusu. Terminal 3 handles the airport's international flights and offers a pleasant range of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Both airports have an abundant access to airport shuttles, trains, and taxis which makes it extremely convenient to travel to and from the Tokyo area
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    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Tokyo. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.


  • Once in Tokyo, take advantage of frequent flights between the major cities via domestic airlines such as ANA, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, Skymark Airlines, Spring Airlines Japan, and StarFlyer. To check flight schedules/prices and to book the tickets, visit their official websites — OTAs and flight search engines often don’t have access to the flight repository of smaller local airlines. They also often fail to update prices in the event of short-lived sales and promotions that airlines run from time to time. To not miss out on these great offers, visit Promo Radar which aggregates current promotions run by popular airlines.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Tokyo can be easily reached with low-cost regional airlines (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, JEJU Air, Scoot, Tigerair, and VietJet Air.

    These budget carriers offer flights from Tokyo Haneda and Narita Airport at lower prices than full-service airlines, and they often fly to smaller airports that big players do not cover. However, the “no-frills” airlines may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support; you may not even get to choose your seats (unless you pay extra). With that in mind, they are a great option to save money if you have a stopover in Japan and then fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries.
Best airports to fly into Tokyo: Haneda Airport (HND), Narita International Airport (NRT), and Ibaraki Airport (IBR)
Airports of Tokyo on Google Maps Tokyo has two international airports – Haneda Airport HND and Narita International Airport NRT. Haneda Airport is only 20km south of central Tokyo, considerably closer to the city center than Narita Airport - located in Narita, Chiba, in the eastern part of the Greater Tokyo Area, about 75 kilometers from Tokyo center. There is also a third airport nearby - Ibaraki Airport IBR located on the northern outskirts of Tokyo (about 90 km) in the city of Omitama in Ibaraki Prefecture. It is a quiet airport, with low air traffic mostly from the budget carriers.
Things to know before flying to Tokyo
Airlines flying to TokyoAeromexico, AirAsia, Air Busan, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, ANA, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bamboo Airways, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express, Iberia, Japan Airlines, JetStar, JEJU Air, Jin Air, KLM, LATAM, LOT, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Peach Aviation, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei, Airlines, Scoot, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Spring Airlines, SWISS, T'way Air, Thai Airways, Tigerair Taiwan, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Vistara, Xiamen Airlines, Zipair Tokyo
Japanese airlinesANA, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, Skymark Airlines, Spring Airlines Japan, StarFlyer, AIRDO, Solaseed Air
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €600 – €900 (from Europe)
✈ $500 to $800 (from USA)
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Airports in TokyoHaneda Airport (HND) – Tokyo
Narita International Airport (NRT) – Tokyo
Ibaraki Airport (IBR) – Omitama
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Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport?

Both of Tokyo’s airports serve long-haul flights to destinations around the world. ANA, Japan Airlines and most large international airlines operate flights out of both Narita and Haneda. The main difference is that Haneda offers flights to 35 cities internationally, while Narita covers a whopping 120 cities.

The distance between the two airports is about 80 km (50 miles) via taxi. However, Narita is located more far from the city center though – 75 km (47 miles) and 1,5 hours ride vs 20 km (13 miles) and 40 min ride for Haneda airport. The average taxi cost is ¥23,000 ($175/A$250) for Narita and ¥11,000 ($85/A$120) for Haneda. If you want to save time and money, Haneda should be your airport of choice when flying to Tokyo.

The cheapest time to fly to Tokyo

During the peak summer months, all of Tokyo’s top attractions get rather busy. If you plan to do some sightseeing, aim for the quieter “shoulder” months between the seasons – from March to May and from September to November. It is an ideal time to visit the country to avoid peak-season flight prices and tourist crowds. You’ll also be rewarded with the things other visitors will miss out on: amazing warm fall colors and shorter queues at entrances to museums and temples.

However, if you are looking for the cheapest flights, fly to Tokyo in the low season – December, January and February. You will have the chance to see the city in a whole new light, often under a layer of snow. A special event – hanami (the flowering of plum trees) – bloom as early as February in Tokyo. In addition, you will see low prices everywhere, namely the accommodation and flights.

Avoid Tokyo during the Golden Week

Prices skyrocket during holidays in Tokyo – consider adjusting your travel dates to avoid high ticket prices. Golden Week, a cluster of public holidays in April and May that often fall on weekends, is one of the busiest travel periods of the year in Japan. Many establishments, including cafes and restaurants, shut down during Golden Week as locals travel to be with their families. Be prepared for crowded flights, trains and fully booked hotels as the demand is high and reservations fill up quickly.

In addition to Golden Week, it is also wise to avoid other high-traffic holidays such as New Year (January 1-3), Obon (August 11-19), and Silver Week (September 16-23). If you must travel during these times, booking your flights as early as possible is advisable.

Ship your extra baggage via Kuroneko Yamato

Yamato Transport (aka “kuroneko” – literally “black cat”) is the largest door-to-door delivery company in Japan. Conveniently located at the airports (see their location at the Haneda Airport) and many other places in Japanese cities, Kuroneko Yamato will ship your extra baggage to your next destination – at a very reasonable cost.

Enjoy hands-free travel, shopping, and sightseeing!

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Flights to Tokyo fromUnited States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Tokyo. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Tokyo, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are plenty of direct flights from the US/Canada to Tokyo via Japan Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, ANA, Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Zipair. Flight prices start at $300 one-way from Honolulu to Tokyo on the low-cost airline Zipair.
  • Tokyo is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Tokyo with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Tokyo from the US and Canada are: ANA, Japan Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.
  • For long-haul flights, the type of aircraft you choose can make a huge difference to your overall comfort on board – especially if you’re flying economy. The best aircraft have comfier seats with more legroom, WiFi, superior entertainment systems, and a better passenger experience in every cabin in general. When booking a flight to Tokyo, look for the airlines that use wide-body planes designed for long-haul flights, such as Airbus A350 (best choice), A380, A320neo, or Boeing 767, 777, and 787 Dreamliner.

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Shinkansen, Japanese bullet train

Japan’s famous train lines are some of the best ways to see the country on a budget. Trains are punctual, comfortable, safe, and clean. The best of these is the Shinkansen Bullet Train: with a front car that resembles a space rocket, it can travel at a maximum speed of 320kmph making a trip such as Tokyo to Fukuoka – 1,170 kilometers away – doable in just over six hours.

Be sure to pick up your Japan Rail Pass – which allows unlimited travel – before departure to ensure savings (you can’t purchase a JRP inside of Japan).

Save on local fares with JAL and ANA passes

ANA and Japan Airlines have an interesting “special fares” option for foreign tourists visiting Japan.

JAL Japan Explorer Pass is a fare that can be used to access over 30 cities across JAL’s domestic network. The pass provides an easy solution to traveling beyond Tokyo and the well-trodden tourist routes. You must already have a return ticket (out of Japan) to be eligible for JAL Explorer Pass three price points: JPY 5500 ($40/A$60), JPY 7700 ($58/A$85), and JPY 11000 (~$82/A$120).

ANA Discover Japan Fare is a discounted fare explicitly aimed at foreign visitors. It can be used across ANA’s entire domestic flight network; however, the pricing has been structured to encourage the exploration of Japan’s diverse islands. With different fare rules, you can choose between two fare types – Value and Super Value.

Know your time zone

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure/arrival times on your plane ticket and boarding pass are based on the time zone of the departure/arrival airport – this also applies to the connecting (layover) airports.

Japan has only one time zone, despite being a large country that stretches almost 2400 kilometers through the western North Pacific Ocean and over 30 degrees longitude. It observes Japan Standard Time (JST) all year, which is UTC/GMT+09 time zone. As a result, clocks in Tokyo are 9 hours ahead of London and 14 hours ahead of New York. JST does not have an associated daylight saving time.

Use coin lockers for your luggage

Nearly every train station and department store in Japan is equipped with wall coin lockers that offer temporary storage. Costing around ¥500 ($3.8/A$5.5) they are ideal for day trips. However, be careful as they usually have 24-hour limits and will charge you extra for overtime.

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Flights to Tokyo with stopover

Direct flights to Tokyo are, of course, much less hassle than flights that require one or more connections. However, they tend to be more expensive. In a trade-off between convenience and cost, the best option is often to opt for a flight with one layover.

So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take this opportunity to plan a longer stopover? A stopover is a prolonged layover — more than 24 hours — and it won’t only break up your long journey but will also become a legitimate part of your vacation. If you’re prone to severe jet lag, a one or two-day stopover would help minimize its adverse effects.

When booking flights, many airlines allow you to include a free stopover en route to your final destination in Tokyo. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop (direct) flights, and you can often choose your stopover at no additional cost — just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Big cities in Asia and Pacific are known for their rich culture and history — making them a great idea for a stopover during a longer journey. Here are a few suggestions for a stopover while en route to Tokyo.

Some airlines openly advertise stopovers and offer significant discounts and travel perks for passengers to break up their trips: free luxury hotel stays, complimentary domestic flights, or exclusive rates for activities. Start checking for stopover deals to Tokyo with government-owned airlines (as they are looking to attract tourists to give the country economic benefits) — such as Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines. Almost every airline’s website has multi-city search functionality, often hidden inside the one-way/return/multi-city switch.

A well-chosen stopover will not only turn one vacation into many but also save you several hundred dollars in airfare. The available stopovers to Tokyo will depend on your initial destination (Europe, North America, Asia, etc) and the airline you are flying with. For most airlines, the best free stopover offer will be at their main hub.

Flights to Tokyo from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Tokyo — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Direct flights from Europe to Tokyo are about 11-14 hours long. Only some of the largest European hubs have a nonstop connection to Tokyo (arriving either at Haneda Airport HND or Narita International Airport NRT) - among them are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Paris, Warsaw, and Zurich. Those flights are operated by Air France, ANA, British Airways, Finnar, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, LOT, SWISS, and Turkish Airlines.
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Tokyo include ANA, Japan Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines,Singapore Airlines, SWISS, and Turkish Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Tokyo from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Use European low-cost airlines such as RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to fly to the hub, then save hundreds of euros by taking a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination.

    We recommend checking prices for flights to Tokyo from these European airport hubs: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

European airports with the cheapest flights to Tokyo

Find the lowest prices for flights to Tokyo Haneda and Narita Airport in Tokyo from the major airports in Europe — London, Dublin, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Lyon, Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul, Stockholm, Geneva, Helsinki, Zurich, and others.

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Check different departure airports

Consider neighboring cities when choosing the departure airport – especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines.

For example, if you live in West Europe, check prices for flights departing from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, or Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight to Tokyo will depart from one of these hubs, and it may be €500 less or more than your first choice. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to this hub, but low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for €50 – €100.

Use a similar tactic if you depart from the US or another region. It’s one of the best ways to save hundreds on trips.

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By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

Last-minute flights to Tokyo. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Tokyo almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

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Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Tokyo is around 60-90 days before the departure date.

“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Tokyo, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Lost baggage prevention

Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode for identification and tracking, so the old tags can confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.

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Domestic air travel from Tokyo

Most domestic routes in Japan are operated by local airlines. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Naha, Kagoshima, Nagoya from Tokyo Haneda and Narita Airport, you’ll be flying with one of these domestic air transport companies: ANA, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, Skymark Airlines, Spring Airlines Japan, and StarFlyer. In most cases, it is the best (the fastest, the most convenient, and the cheapest) way to travel around the country.

If you plan to fly domestically from Tokyo check the latest prices here, then book your flight ticket online.

Flights to Tokyo from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are well-connected with popular Asian destinations, including Tokyo. In addition to domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand – routes from Australia/New Zealand to Asia are operated by large regional carriers such as ANA, Emirates, Etihad, Fiji Airways, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.

    Direct flights and flights with one layover to Tokyo are available from all major airports in Australia – Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, and in New Zealand – Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, Dunedin DUD.
  • In terms of cost-savings, we recommend flying from Australia and New Zealand to a major Asian hub and then booking a flight to your final destination in Tokyo with a regional budget airline. Among the low-cost airlines that fly into Tokyo are AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, JEJU Air, Scoot, Tigerair, and VietJet Air.

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Tokyo. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.


    Direct flights from Australasia to Tokyo take approximately 9-11 hours of flight time. While choosing a flight with connections can save money, it will also add from 2 to 10 hours (sometimes more) of travel time. If you opt for an indirect route, some of the best options include routing through Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Ho Chi Minh/Hanoi.

Prices of flights to Tokyo from Australia and New Zealand

Real-time economy class fares to Tokyo from major airports in Australasia — from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide in Australia, and from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch in New Zealand.

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“Book Flights Now, Pay Later” — is it worth it?

Booking a flight and paying for it later has recently become a popular trend in the travel industry, with many airlines offering delayed payment plans. They will allow you to make flight reservation to Tokyo now and then pay the bill in installments. But should you take advantage?

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans are essentially short-term personal loans. By partnering with financial companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, PayPal Credit, Postpay, and Uplift, airlines can offer their loan services on the checkout page. When you book the flight with the BNPL option, the company pays the airline, and you repay the loan in installments over a set period (usually up to 24 months), with a set interest rate.

BNPL providers have varying terms and fees. Some may offer interest-free loans but have fees for late payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR). There may also be transaction fees, down payment requirements, and many companies even run a credit check on the traveler.

Among the airlines that offer a “fly now, pay later” option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Southwest, and Virgin Atlantic.

Is BNPL financing worth it? If paid off on time, interest-free delayed payment on your flight ticket to Tokyo can be a great way to free up your cash flow. However, there may be safer alternatives available – such as taking advantage of an introductory 0% interest offer on a credit card or using flight price “freezing” services like Hopper.

Hidden-city ticketing hack

Hidden-city ticketing is a less-known money-saving tactic where you buy a plane ticket with a layover, with the intention to get off at the layover rather than the final destination. For example, a flight from New York to Tokyo might be $600, but a similar flight from New York to Singapore with a layover in Tokyo might be only $350. Choosing the latter and ending the trip in Tokyo would save you $250.

It seems counterintuitive that a fare from A to C via B could possibly be cheaper than a simple fare on a shorter route from A to B. However, airlines use dynamic, computer-driven price models calculated with little human intervention, and such deals happen quite often.

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An example of a hidden-city ticketing flight hack. The layover city is actually our final destination (source: Skiplagged).

Booking a hidden city ticket isn’t as easy as booking a standard itinerary. There are some things to be aware of: (1) don’t check baggage — bring only hand luggage that can fit under the seat or an overhead compartment; a large checked bag will end up in the final destination C; (2) don’t use it for return flights — airlines often void any subsequent tickets if any segment of the first ticket is missed; (3) Do not overuse this tactic with the same airline — hidden-city ticketing is legal but airlines don’t like it and may try to punish you; (4) Don’t associate your frequent flyer account — the airline might invalidate any miles you’ve accrued with them.

How to find hidden-city tickets? The easiest way is to use Skiplagged website, which was designed for unearthing hidden-city deals — give them a try for your flight to Tokyo.

Get cheaper business class by bidding on airline upgrades

A growing number of airlines are auctioning upgrades to their business class seats. Once you book your economy ticket to Tokyo, you can offer to pay a bit more in an attempt to get a premium seat. 2-3 days before your flight, an airline will send you an email with a link to their website where you can place a “blind” bid. There’s usually a minimum bid amount. If you win the auction, you’ll be informed, and your seat will be upgraded.

How to choose the right bid amount? Just check the airline website for the regular cost of a business class seat to Tokyo, then subtract what you paid for the economy fare. Place your bid for around 10% to 30% of that price. The alternative strategy is to bid slightly above the competition. If, for example, the minimum bid is $500, try to bid $550-$600, as most people will offer the baseline amount required.

The more available business class seats the airline has on your flight, the lower bid can be successfully used. Check the airline’s daily schedule for flights to Tokyo – if there is more than one flight on your chosen route (more available seats), you can safely bid close to the minimum required amount.

Among the airlines that allow bidding for seat upgrades are: Air Canada (AC Bid), Air New Zealand (OneUp™), Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways (Bula Bid), Garuda Indonesia (BidUpgrade), Qantas, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, and Virgin Australia (UpgradeMe).

Cheaper business class seat: online bidding
Etihad Airways auctions off upgrades to Business Class as a way to sell otherwise unused seats at the front of the plane

Fly early in the morning

Early morning flights (6 am or earlier) are usually cheaper than other day schedules. It’s because of lower demand – most people are not willing to go to the airport so early. Use it to your advantage.

Moreover, airports are also less crowded, and there tend to be fewer delays if you fly early in the morning. Due to increasing air traffic, delays get worse throughout the day – starting around 8-10 am and reaching a peak at 4-6 pm. If you are flying to Tokyo with a connecting flight, arriving on time at your layover airport may be critical to catching your next flight!

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Flights to Tokyo from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Tokyo look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Tokyo will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Japan and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.

Asian airports with the cheapest flights to Tokyo in 2023/24

Find the lowest prices for flights to Tokyo from the largest airports in Asia — Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Take advantage of loyalty programs

Choose an airline that suits you the best, then stick to it. By becoming a ‘regular’, you will be able to use its loyalty program and earn “miles” (or points) – not only for flying but also for everyday expenses (if your card is affiliated with an airline).

Points earned this way often add up over time and are extremely helpful in flying at reduced fares. Airlines offer not only ticket discounts for their frequent flyers, but also special travel perks such as cabin class upgrades, increased checked baggage allowance, or access to their airport lounges so you can relax during long layovers.

If you often fly with Emirates, opt for Skywards, with Qantas – for Qantas Frequent Flyer, with Singapore Airlines – for KrisFlyer, etc.

Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Japan to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Japan and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

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Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

How to book a superdeal to Tokyo?

Every superdeal you receive from Air Traveler Club includes a link you can use to book a flight. It always directs you to the website that offers the lowest price. Sometimes it’s an airline website; in other cases, Google Flights or a similar flight booking platform.

This video explains how to use Google Flights to book a plane ticket.

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Dealing with the jet lag

Jet lag affects people differently depending on age, physical fitness, and genetics. The most accepted rule suggests that you should allow one full day to recover from jet lag for every time zone (hour gained) you traveled east and a number of days equal to half the time zones crossed when you traveled west.

The most effective natural jet lag remedy is to force your body into its new routine. You can begin before getting off the plane: set your watch to the time in Tokyo, then do your best to sleep and eat based on the new time zone. Close the window shade when it’s time to simulate darkness. During your first day on the ground in Japan, get outdoors, stay physically active during the day, and absorb sunlight.